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Russian-Swiss woman in coma after pulled from surf at Patong Beach

Russian-Swiss woman in coma after pulled from surf at Patong Beach

PHUKET: A Russian-Swiss dual national remains comatose in care at Vachira Phuket Hospital after she was pulled form the water unconscious at Patong Beach early yesterday morning (Nov 6).

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By The Phuket News

Thursday 7 November 2019, 12:33PM


Capt Ittikorn Pacharadej and fellow Phuket Tourist Police officers at Vachira Phuket Hospital yesterday (Nov 6). Photo: Phuket Tourist Police

Capt Ittikorn Pacharadej and fellow Phuket Tourist Police officers at Vachira Phuket Hospital yesterday (Nov 6). Photo: Phuket Tourist Police

Snr Sgt Maj Rattanapong Rosthip of the Phuket Tourist Police this morning identified the woman as Natalia Startseva Bahni, 49.

Meanwhile Capt Ittikorn Pacharadej confirmed that Ms Bahni holds a Swiss passport and a Russian passport. “She arrived in Phuket at Phuket International Airport on August 19, and was was staying at Patong Tower Condominium,” he said.

Ms Bahni was pulled from the water about halfway along Patong Beach by an Ethiopian man, identified as Ephrem Shimondi Gebreegziabher, 38, said Capt Ittikorn Pacharadej of the Phuket Tourist Police.

“Mr Gebreegziabher said that he saw Ms Bahni floating face down in the water at around 6:45am. He brought her ashore and called lifeguards for help,” he said.

Patong Surf Life Saving Chief Somprasong Sangchart told The Phuket News, “It was lucky that the tourist found her and pulled her out of the water. She had no pulse and was not breathing.

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“We had lifeguards there on patrol from the night shift who started performing CPR. She was revived and started breathing on her own. She regained consciousness and we asked her in Russian, ‘Are you okay?’ She responded with a nod, but her breathing was still very weak.

“An ambulance took her to Patong Hospital and she was later transferred to Vachira Phuket Hospital the same day,” Mr Somprasong said.

Capt Ittikorn of the Phuket Tourist Police confirmed this morning, “She is still in the RCU room [Respiratory Care Unit] at Vachira Phuket Hospital. We have asked the management of Patong Tower Condominium to contact her relations.”

Patong Surf Life Saving Chief Mr Somprasong also confirmed to The Phuket News, “Patong Beach is always closed to swimmers from 6:30pm to 8:30am the next day. This is for safety.”

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Christy Sweet | 11 November 2019 - 10:27:13

Hardly a lack of common sense to enter the water when lifeguards are around to save you. The  problem appears to be the lifeguards are unable to do so. If Thai authorities really cared, they would not promote tourism in the monsoon season, (which  apparently going to last well into November this year.)

Rorri_2 | 11 November 2019 - 06:19:04

Or does "nightshift" translate as "sleepshift?"

Rorri_2 | 11 November 2019 - 06:17:53

Travel "Smart" a lot of people do not know what the red flags mean... a "smart" persom what acknowledge this, or at least understand it, another thing, no where, in the above article, does it mentions any flags. Why didn't  lifeguards warn her?

Travel Smart | 10 November 2019 - 17:45:36

Swimming in red flag areas.
Common sense is not a gift, it’s a punishment. Thais have to deal with tourists who doesn’t have it. Common sense and nature will do a lot to make the pilgrimage of life not too difficult.     

Travel Smart | 08 November 2019 - 20:38:38

I’ve noticed travelling Thailand....certainly  foreigners have a lack of common sense.
 Speeding on motorcycles.
Swimming in 

BenPendejo | 07 November 2019 - 17:26:54

If the beach is always closed during those hours, then why didn't the night shift lifeguards see the woman enter the water?  Maybe the night shift napping before they start their day jobs renting jet-skis or beach chairs? Tough week for international bad press...all related to inadequate lifeguard services. Seems like the Governor needs to put out another harsh call for action.

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